PORTLAND — Oregon’s software industry has been growing fast, but the state’s economic development agency says it has been outpaced by another sector — the alcohol industry — since the Great Recession.
The brewing, distilling, and wine sectors add value to the state because the activities impact agriculture, marketing, and manufacturing in positive ways. Software, not so much. But speaking of booze...
This is no way to go through life, Mr. State Representative:
A state representative from southwestern Ohio was found passed out in his vehicle at a McDonald's drive-thru with a loaded firearm Sunday morning. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, was arrested by Butler County sheriff's deputies and faces charges of operating a vehicle while under the influence and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.
As of yesterday afternoon, he was still in jail. The firearms charge is a felony. If convicted (as seems likely), he can't be a state representative any more. His reputation for "partying" is why he wasn't endorsed by the county Republicans, apparently; they endorsed his primary opponent.